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15" Desktop processor 4K laptop



This laptop uses the new Skylake processors.  Desktop processors are always more powerful than laptop ones, but are not generally found in laptops because they use too much power.  Using a desktop processor means that you have the power of a desktop machine in a laptop with the only downside being a lower battery life.


This laptop is the ideal "portable desktop".  You can use it on its own, or plug in up to 3 external screens and a variety of devices via USB3, and use it like a desktop computer, when back at base.


Optional 4K screen

This laptop can have an HD or a 3K screen. Some programs, noteably Avid Media Composer and Sony Vegas, do not scale well when used on a 3K computer screen, although EDIUS 8, Premiere Pro CC2015 and Blackmagic Resolve 12 do scale well.


Skylake processors

The Skylake processors are very new, having been released in August 2015.  These laptops were released at the end of September 2015 to use these new processors.  This makes them the fastest laptops available. We have only just got our first stock and are running various tests to see how well different hardware (Blackmagic USB3 devices etc..) work with the laptop.  These laptops do not have Intel Quick Sync for fast encoding with Grass Valley EDIUS and Vegas.  Although the processors have Quick Sync built in these laptops cannot use it.  This is a shame if using EDIUS as you will have to encode in software, but not the end of the World.  Our laptops which use laptop processors do have Quick Sync - click here for more information.

USB3.1

This laptop has 1 USB3.1C port as well as 3 normal USB3 ports.  USB3.1 is a new type of port, twice as fast as USB3, which has been released with the Skylake processors.  As it is new we do not have anything which can use it as yet, however, we expect many devices to be arriving over the next few months.

Thunderbolt 3 for FireWire and proper video i/o

The USB3.1 socket is also a Thunderbolt 3 socket. You can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices, and Thunderbolt 2 devices using a Thunderbolt 3- 2 converter. This means you can add an adaptor to capture through FireWire and use any of the Blackmagic Thunderbolt i/o devices, so you can get video at up to 4K resolution playing from the laptop through a proper video device. Our other laptops can only use the Blackmagic USB3 devices which are limited to 1080 50i resolution and only work with some programs.




What are the downsides compared to our other laptops?


No Quick Sync

Some of our Other laptops can use Quick Sync for fast encoding to Blu-ray and MP4 files.  This is only  used by EDIUS and Vegas so is not an issue for Avid or Premiere Pro users.

Lower battery life

Because the laptop is more powerful it will have a lower battery life than laptops that use laptop processors.  Most people believe that more processing power is more important than battery life.  Typically this laptop will last about an hour on battery when editing; longer if just used for regular computing, such as email.

No Blu-ray or DVD writer

The laptop does not have an optical drive, and you would need to use an external drive for writing DVD and Blu-ray discs which is included in the options below. Our standard Skylake laptop can have an optical drive, whereas our High Spec Skylake laptop cannot.

What are the advantages?

More processing power!  If editing complex timelines or 4K footage you need all the power you can get.  This is the most powerful laptop we can supply.

Thunderbolt 3

Using an adaptor you can connect many Thunderbolt 2 video i/o devices.

No FireWire, but you can capture through a FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor

Most laptops do not have a FireWire port these days, and this is true of most of our range. Only the HP ZBook can have a FireWire interface, using the Express card socket.  This is obviously a problem if you are still filming on DV or HDV, but not otherwise.  As this laptop has a Thunderbolt port we can use an adaptor to capture video through FireWire with most modern programs. This cannot be used to record back to tape, however, but then most people do not archive back to tape any more so it unlikely to be an issue. 




This laptop can have two normal 2.5" drives and 2 M.2 drives.  The M.2 drive is very fast and great for use as a program drive, as it will make the computer boot faster and work better.  It can also be used as video drive as well, however, the large size drives - currently the largest size available is a 1TB - are quite expensive. 

What is the difference between "normal" drives, solid state drives and M.2 drives?

Normal drives
...which we also sometimes refer to as SATA drives are made in the traditional manor with a series of platters and a head that moves across them to read the data.  We have been using drives like this in desktop and laptop computers for many years.  The big advantage of a normal drive is that they are relatively cheap for the amount of storage you can get.  Laptop drives are 2.5" in size where as desktop drives are bigger - 3.5" - and can be up to 4TB in size.  There is a 2TB 2.5" drive currently available but it is thicker than most and will not fit into any laptops.  Current 2.5" SATA drives are much faster than drives we were supplying 4-5 years ago and can easily cope with most HD footage, although are not fast enough to handle uncompressed HD video.

Solid state drives - or SSD
These drives are physically the same size as a "Normal" laptop drive but are not made of platter with a head but made in a similar way to a USB pen.  Therefore they should be more robust (because they have no moving parts) and are considerably faster.  Currently they are considerably more expensive than SATA drives, which is the ONLY reason why you would not have a laptop filled with SSDs drives instead of regular drives.  They are fast enough to run High definition uncompressed footage and are also used in devices like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  Because of the cost they tend to be used mainly as drives for Windows where they will make the computer boot faster, be ready for editing quicker, and be nicer to use all round.  A 120GB SSD is enough to house windows, the whole of the Adobe Creative Cloud, EDIUS, Vegas and Avid combined.
Both normal drives and Solid state drives can be used in desktops as well as laptops - in fact most of our desktop machines have a 120GB SSD for the main windows drive.

M.2 drive
This is a new kind of drive which is effectively the same thing as an SSD but is built into a processor board, and is smaller.  Our other laptops use mSATA drives which are almost the same thing but have a different interface to the computer.  The M.2s have a faster interface and therefore can be faster than mSATA drives.  We have two options for M.2 drives listed below.  The "SATA 6Gb/s" drives are the standard ones and good enough to run Windows and seriously speed up performance over the regular drives.  The "PCI-e" drives are the faster variations of M.2 drives for the optimum performance.

Use a solid state or M.2 drive as an After Effects Cache drive

.If using the latest versions of After Effects you can render compositions and effects in the background as you work.  After Effects renders these as uncompressed video so if you are trying to use a normal drive as a cache drive it will not be able to cope with the amount of data generated by HD or 4K effects.  Ideally you would have a solid state drive for your cache.  Some of our other laptops can take two mSATA drives which is perfect.  With this drive you can either use a normal size solid state drive in one of the hard drive bays or get a large M.2 drive which we can partition with about 150GB for windows and the rest for the cache drive.



M.2 hard drive

This laptop uses a new type of drive, called an M.2 drive as well as two normal laptop drives (see the "hard drives explained" tab for more information).  You do not have to have an M.2 drive at all but if used for Windows it will make the laptop faster to use and boot.

No Quick Sync

Skylake processors have hardware on the chips which can encode H.264 video quickly using Intel Quick Sync.  Although this processor is an Skylake you cannot use Quick Sync on this laptop.  We have two other main models of laptop which can use Quick Sync - the non-FireWire Haswell and the HP Zbook.  EDIUS and Vegas can use INTEL Quick Sync for fast encoding, Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer cannot.  EDIUS 8 can also use Quick Sync to assist in playback of H.264 based footage, such as the 4K media filmed by the Panasonic GH4 and Sony XAVC-S cameras.  However, as the processor in this laptop is more powerful that the laptop processors in models that have Quick Sync, playback performance in 4K projects is about the same.

RAM

This laptop can take four RAM sticks which means the maximum amount of RAM you can have is 64GB (4x16GB). 



EXTERNAL VIDEO DEVICES

You can use devices which connect via USB3 or Thunderbolt with this laptop

USB3 devices

This laptop will work with devices like the Blackmagic ULTRA STUDIO PRO and the INTENSITY SHUTTLE. , which connect via USB3.  It will not work with Express card devices like the Matrox MXO2.  The USB3 Blackmagic devices can be slightly "picky" on the laptops and programs with which they will work.  These devices work properly in Grass Valley EDIUS, Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve; Avid Media Composer will not work properly with the USB3 devices. These devices are limited to outputting HD signals and cannot output 4K. 

Thunderbolt devices

This laptop has a Thunderbolt 3 connection included. We do not have an Thunderbolt 3 video devices currently - Blackmagic have one planned called the UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, which is due soon but has not arrived. However, we also have an adaptor which lets Thunderbolt 2 devices work on the Thunderbolt 3 sockets. This means you can add a variety of Thunderbolt i/o devices and get decent video monitoring from the laptop. The Blackmagic Thunderbolt devices which do not draw power through the Thunderbolt connection work fine with this laptop. We are currently having issues with the Blackmagic Thunderbolt Shuttle and Mini Monitor, which we hoped will be solved shortly, although for now we do not recommend these devices with this laptop. Avid have also certified this adaptor to work with their Artist DNxIO.

  • Blackmagic UltraStudio Express - SDI, HDMI, composite, SVIDEO and component i/o. Maximum resolution 1920 50/60i.
  • Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K - SDI, HDMI, composite, SVIDEO and component i/o. Maximum resolution UHD 50/60P (N.B. The UHD 50P output through HDMI had limited colour space. EDIUS will not output at UHD @ 50/60P, and is limited to UHD @ 25/30P).
  • Blackmagic Extreme 4K - SDI, HDMI, composite, SVIDEO and component i/o. Maximum resolution UHD 50/60P (EDIUS will not output at UHD @ 50/60P, and is limited to UHD @ 25/30P). This is the Thunderbolt 2 version. It is a variation on this device, with a Thunderbolt 3 connection, that should be arriving soon.

These devices will work with this laptop in EDIUS 8, Premiere Pro CC2015, Avid Media Composer 8 and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.

Can I view 4K video output from the laptop?

Yes - using the Blackmagic Extreme 4K and a Thunderbolt adaptor as mentioned above. Alternatively you can connect a 4K computer screen to the laptop via HDMI or Display port.  HDMI is limited to UHD (4K) at 25 fps.  Display port can do UHD (4K) at 50P or 60P.  As this laptop has very good graphics cards this output is also very good, although not the same use using a proper video device like the Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K























15" "desktop processor" 4K laptop



Base unit

The basic laptop includes a Wireless and Bluetooth module, as well as a 17" 1920x1080 screen. Choose from 1 of 2 graphic cards.

P751DM2-G with 6GB nVidia GTX1060 15.3" Skylake Laptop 1920x1080 Screen. Space for 2x M.2 SSDs, and 2 HDs. 3x USB3, 2x USB 3.1C/Thunderbolt 3, Gbit LAN, SD Cardreader up to SDXC UHS-II, 1x HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPorts (858.82 + VAT)
P751DM2-G with 8GB nVidia GTX1070 15.3" Skylake Laptop 1920x1080 Screen. Space for 2x M.2 SSDs, and 2 HDs. 3x USB3, 2x USB 3.1C/Thunderbolt 3, Gbit LAN, SD Cardreader up to SDXC UHS-II, 1x HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPorts (1,135.29 + VAT)

Choose the screen size

This laptop can have a standard HD resolution screen or an optional 3K screen.

Standard 15" HD screen - 1920x1080 (+0.00 + VAT)
Upgrade to 15.6 inch Matte 3K IPS LED Screen (2880x1620) for P751 Laptop (+117.64 + VAT)

Processor

This laptop takes desktop processors. The i7s are the most powerful. The processors with a "K" after the number can be "overclocked" A "de-lidded" processor will run cooler and is useful if overclocking .

4.2Ghz Intel Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+383.78 + VAT)
"De-lidded" Intel Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake 4.2Ghz Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+403.78 + VAT)
3.6Ghz Intel Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+337.83 + VAT)
3.8GHz Intel Core i5 7600K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor (no HyperThreading) (+256.75 + VAT)
"De-lidded" 3.8GHz Intel Core i5 7600K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor (no HyperThreading) (+276.75 + VAT)
3.5GHz Intel Core i5 7600 Kaby Lake Quad Core processor, (No Hyper-threading) (+240.54 + VAT)
3.GHz Intel Core i5 7400 Kaby Lake processor, Quad Core (no HyperThreading) (+202.70 + VAT)
4.2Ghz Intel Core i3 7350K Kaby Lake processor - dual core with HyperThreading (+202.70 + VAT)

How much RAM do you want in the laptop?

All the major programs are now 64 bit which means they will use as much RAM as you have available. 8GB is OK, 16GB is recommended, 32GB or 64GB is not essential, but nice.

8GB RAM (2 x4GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (69.12 + VAT)
16GB RAM (2 x8GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (121.64 + VAT)
32GB RAM (2x16GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (200.00 + VAT)
64GB RAM (4x16GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (400.00 + VAT)

Main hard drive

Choose an M.2 drive from this list for Windows, and you can have two other "normal" drives as well for video. You do not have to use an M.2 drive, you could choose a cheaper normal drive below instead.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
120GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+52.94 + VAT)
250GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+88.23 + VAT)
500GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+141.17 + VAT)
1TB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+276.47 + VAT)
128GB M.2 high performance PCI-e drive (+55.29 + VAT)
250GB M.2 (PCI-e) NVME high performance solid state drive (+92.94 + VAT)
500GB (PCI-e) M.2 NVME high performance solid state drive (+170.58 + VAT)

1st hard drive

If you want a really fast boot drive choose an M.2 drive above and use this drive bay for a video drive, either a normal drive or a faster solid state drive..

1TB 7200 RPM notebook drive (60.81 + VAT)
500GB 7200 RPM notebook drive (45.94 + VAT)
750GB 7200RPM notebook drive (54.05 + VAT)
240GB Solid State Drive (87.83 + VAT)
500GB Solid State Drive (148.64 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (277.02 + VAT)
2TB 5400 RPM notebook drive - slower than a 7200 RPM, drive but good enough for regular SD and HD video. A faster drive will let you do more layers of video as well. (90.56 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (470.58 + VAT)
None (0.00 + VAT)

Second hard drive

This laptop can have two normal laptop drives as well as the M.2 drive. Choose your secon drive here..

None (+0.00 + VAT)
750GB 7200RPM notebook drive (+54.05 + VAT)
500GB 7200 RPM notebook drive (+45.94 + VAT)
1TB 7200 RPM notebook drive (+60.81 + VAT)
240GB Solid State Drive (+87.83 + VAT)
500GB Solid state drive (+148.64 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (+277.02 + VAT)
2TB 5400 RPM notebook drive - slower than a 7200 RPM, drive but good enough for regular SD and HD video. A faster drive will let you do more layers of video as well. (+90.56 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (+470.58 + VAT)

Which version of Windows do you want?

All modern editing programs work on Windows 10. Windows 7 is only available while stocks last.

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)
Windows 10 Home 64 bit (101.35 + VAT)
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)

Wireless and Bluetooth module

As standard we fit a powerful wireless and Bluetooth module. The laptop also has a Gigabit wired network socket.

M.2 Wireless AC & Bluetooth module (+10.81 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

Which editing program would you like installed?

We could use any of the programs listed or install your own software or an Adobe Creative Cloud licence.

None - or use a program I already own or an Adobe Creative Cloud subscritpion (0.00 + VAT)
EDIUS Pro 8 (365.00 + VAT)
EDIUS 8 Workgroup for systems (540.00 + VAT)
Upgrade EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 8 (149.00 + VAT)
Use my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription - send the details separately (0.00 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC 1 year subscription (266.76 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC upgrade from Premiere Pro CS5 and above - 1 year subscription (171.00 + VAT)
Creative Cloud For Teams Single user licence (636.00 + VAT)
SPECIAL OFFER : Creative Cloud For Teams Single user licence upgrade from CS5 or above 12 months subscription (456.00 + VAT)
Adobe Premiere Elements 14 (65.00 + VAT)
Adobe Premiere Elements 14 & Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (99.17 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 EDIT (Just Vegas editing program) (299.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas Pro 14 (Vegas with DVD Architect 6) download version (449.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 Suite - Magix Vegas, DVD Architect and Sound Forge (599.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve (Free) (0.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve Studio (699.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer Permanent licence (999.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer with dongle (1,399.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year support contract (220.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year subscription (468.00 + VAT)

Mouse

Choose to add a mouse. The laptop has a very nice trackpad but there are times when a mouse is easier.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wheel Mouse (+6.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wireless mouse (+18.91 + VAT)
5 button Optical wheel Mouse (+12.16 + VAT)

Laptop bag

You don't have to have a bag but it will protect the laptop and make it easy to carry!

None (+0.00 + VAT)
15" Laptop bag (+13.52 + VAT)

Add a FireWire adaptor

Add a Thunderbolt-FireWire adaptor with a Thunderbolt2-3 adaptor to capture DV or HDV footage into this laptop.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor with Thunderbolt 2-Thunderbolt 3 adaptor (+99.99 + VAT)
FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor without adaptor (only choose this if you already own the Thunderbolt 2-3 comverter) (+27.02 + VAT)
Thunderbolt 2 - Thunderbool 3 adaptor - order this if you want to use any Thunderbolt 2 devices with the laptop (+78.37 + VAT)

Add extra hardware to capture and playback video

The Thunderbolt devices require the Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adaptor listed above. The USB3 devcies are cheaper but not quite as reliable as Thunderbolt.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio Express - Thunderbolt (+369.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic 4K Extreme - Thunderbolt (+2,099.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic 4K Extreme 3-Thunderbolt 3 version (+2,099.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Mini Recorder - Thunderbolt 2 - HDMI and SDI in ONLY (+109.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle -USB 3 (+149.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI (+299.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio Pro (+659.00 + VAT)

External Optical drive

This laptop does not have an optical drive. You can choose a DVD or Blu-ray writer - Blu-ray writer will also write DVDs

None (+0.00 + VAT)
External USB2 DVD-RW Writer (+20.27 + VAT)
External USB2 Blu-ray and DVD-RW writer with Power DVD (+80.00 + VAT)
External USB2 DVD-RW Writer with Power DVD (+33.55 + VAT)

DVD & Blu-ray authoring program

For more comprehensive DVD and Blu-ray authoring you may want to add a different program. We would suggest eitherSony DVD Architect and Adobe Encore CS6.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Magix DVD Architect Pro 6 (in a bundle with Magix Vegas Pro 14) (+430.03 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC 1 year subscription (+266.76 + VAT)

Antivirus program

If your machine is connected to the Internet you should be using an Anti-virus program. Many interfer with editing programs, however, but in our tests Panda does not cause any problems, so we recommend using this.

Panda Global Security 2016 - 1 year licence
None

USB Pen with installation files

As this laptop does not have an optical drive we supply the installation files & drivers on a USB pen. You will only need this in emergencies; the laptop arrives fully installed & tested.

USB Pen with installation files (Free) (+0.00 + VAT)

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